Combustible Celluloid

Somewhere in Dreamland (1934-1941)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Cartoon Town

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Buy Somewhere In Dreamland [DVD] DVD

Animators Max and Dave Fleischer were a serious threat to the Disney empire at one point, but now they're almost footnotes, known only to animation buffs. Among their other achievements, they invented an incredible device called the "Stereo-optical process" which rotated three-dimensional backgrounds behind the animated characters to give an unprecedented depth to their films. This 2-disc DVD set collects 35 full-color cartoons, including a classic Betty Boop and a wonderful holiday title, "Christmas Comes But Once a Year." The cartoons come from public domain prints, but despite that, the quality is quite good. The collection comes with a commentary track and a documentary.

Starring: Betty Boop
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 270 minutes
Date: December 19, 2002

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